The Weekly National News Roundup – by Shlomo Rudman

Las Vegas Mystery – Police say they have found no definitive motive to explain the largest mass shooting in United States history. On October 1st, 2017, Stephen Paddock killed 58 people, and injured 851 others by raining bullets down on concert-goers from his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. In a press conference announcing the end of the 10-month investigation into the shooting, Clark County sheriff Joe Lombardo said “What we have been able to answer are the questions of who, what, when, where, and how. What we have not been able to answer definitively is the why Stephen Paddock committed this act.” The 187-page report regarding the shooting said police found no evidence that Paddock acted with assistance from others. As police closed in, Paddock shot and killed himself, taking the secrets of the shooting with him to the grave.

Trump Attacks Lemon, Lebron – After an appearance by NBA superstar Lebron James on CNN host Don Lemon’s show trumpeting a new school James’ recently opened in Akron, Ohio, President Trump attacked the two in a tweet, calling Lemon “the dumbest man on television”, and  saying that he made Lebron look smart, “which isn’t easy to do”. The tweet was met with backlash by many, with some saying the tweet had racial undertones. The next morning, First Lady spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said Melania Trump appreciated the work Lebron James was doing for his community, and was willing to make a visit to his school.

Goodbye, Conspiracies – Facebook, Apple, YouTube, and Pinterest have all kicked conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his website InfoWars off of their platforms. Jones has been embroiled in a legal battle with the parents of victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting, who are suing him for libel and defamation. Mr. Jones is the most infamous conspiracy theorist in the United States, famously alleging that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job.

Trump Restores Sanctions – On Monday, President Trump signed an executive order restoring sanctions on Iran which were taken off the regime when the Iran Deal was signed. China and Russia, both major trading partners with Iran, said they would not recognize the restoration of U.S. sanctions.

New Sanctions – The U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced new sanctions on Russia over the country’s role in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the United Kingdom. Russia denies any involvement in the poisoning and their Foreign Ministry says they are weighing retaliatory measures.

Trump Puts Foot In Mouth – In a tweet railing against a claim made by the media that the president is concerned over his son Donald Trump Jr.’s legal issues, the president declared that the 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer was to get political dirt on opponent Hillary Clinton. The White House had until then denied the meeting was for anything to do with information on Hillary Clinton.

N.K. Not Meeting Requirements – National Security Advisor John Bolton said Tuesday that North Korea has not been taking the proper steps towards the denuclearization of the regime. It had been reported last week that U.S. spy agencies had detected an increase in North Korean ballistic missile research.

New China Tariffs – The White House announced that the U.S. would be slapping tariffs of 25% on $16 billion of Chinese goods being exported to the United States. The tariffs will go into effect on August 23rd.

Congressman Arrested – Rep. Chris Collins of New York was arrested Wednesday on charges of insider trading. Collins was the first sitting member of Congress to endorse Trump during the 2016 presidential election primaries.

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